The stats on DURAN DURAN are remarkable: a total of over 80 million records sold, 18 American hit singles, 30 UK top 30 tunes, and a global presence which guarantees them huge concert audiences on five continents. More remarkable still is the way they have achieved this, fusing pop music, art and fashion with a unique sense of style and confidence. Formed in Birmingham, England in 1978, by keyboardist Nick Rhodes and bassist John Taylor, Duran Duran’s early sound was an exciting stew of influences: the soul music of their youth, the vibrant New York underground music scene of the 1970’s spearheaded by the New York Dolls and Velvet Underground, the iconic art pop of David Bowie and glam bands such as Roxy Music. In July 2009, the band took a short break from the studio to headline two special UK dates: the first a sold-out show at Edinburgh’s historic Castle, and the second at The Lovebox Weekender Dance Festival in East London. Super-star producer-in-residence, Mark Ronson made a guest appearance at both shows, while UK media darlings, Florence & The Machine, opened for Duran. Now with their new record ‘All You Need Is Now’ completed, the band’s future has never looked brighter. Having outlived most of their contemporaries, they have nothing left to prove and everything to play for. They are uniquely Duran Duran.